Linen care tips: Drying, Ironing and Storing!

So many ways to dry Linen

Few days ago we told you all ideas for washing linen. Now it is time to tell you everything about drying, ironing and storing linens! To start with drying, as we mentioned before, ironing is not obligatory for linens, but once you decided to do so, LinenKids will tell you all ways to dry linen and here they are:

  • Line drying,
  • Machine drying ,
  • Rolling in terry towels,
  • Drying on the lawn!

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Whatever method you use, bring the linen in while it is still damp. We do not suggest you to wring wet or damp linen before drying, it breaks the fibers.

You should not let linen dry completely. If you are going to iron – linen is much easier to iron while damp. If you dry linen completely in the tumble dryer it may appear to have drastically shrunk. The fibers have just been compacted together and will return to normal after a quick press with an iron (and a spray of water).

You can dry linen items in a dryer on medium heat. Notice, that hot cycles will shrink linen, so clothesline is recommended by LinenKids.

There is one more way of drying linen – stretch your items on the grass to dry them (hope you will be certain the grass is clean and the dog is tied).

LinenKids has tried Line drying as well, but this may leave dimples where the clothes pins were. The sunlight helps bleach white linens, helps kill bacteria and leaves them with a great, fresh smell.

Ironing Linen can be easy!

Ironing linen is not so difficult as many people think, especially now, when most of LinenKids items are made of softened linen. According to that ironing is often optional when dried flat or tumbled at low heat. When you decide to iron, take a note, that ironing is easier if you do it when the linen is damp.2209733615_a90f2ce03f

LinenKids has noticed ironing dry linen is more difficult and requires more effort. There is one trick which you can use if you can’t get your linens while they are still damp, put them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator before ironing. This will make them easier to iron and will prevent mildew.

It is also recommended to use spray starch and iron with lots of steam. We suggest to iron at a medium-to-hot setting.

Linens should be ironed on the wrong side first, after that on the right side. Do not iron dark linens on the right side.  For heavier fabrics we are using slightly higher temperature setting. Even if pure linen can withstand the highest temperature setting on your iron, it is better to test an inconspicuous corner first.

LinenKids never iron linen until it is dry, usually we iron until smooth, then hang the linen item and let  it dry.

LinenKids has plenty of embroidered linen items, and here are some tips for embroidered linen ironing: keep the embroidery stitches rounded and dimensional by pressing item on the wrong side atop a soft towel. Use a press cloth to safeguard delicate lace and cut work. A press cloth also helps to avoid press marks over seams, hems and pockets.

Linen clothes are so comfortable during your holidays. In case it wrinkles when traveling, do not try to steam out wrinkles, it should be pressed out with an iron, do not forget to dampen linen first for easy ironing.

Tips for storing Linen

Never be afraid to take linen clothes when traveling, LinenKids believe linen items will be your favorite! Here are some tips for storing linen. You should always clean linen items before storing, good ventilation is also very important to avoid mildew.  Hope you will never discover mildew, but in case you will, brush the mold off outdoors to avoid scattering spores in your house. Then soak the linen item in a weak solution of hydrogen peroxide and water before laundering. Wash as we recommended before and dry in the sun, finally store in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area and you will forget mildew.linen

If you decide to wrap your linen items, use bags of cotton, muslin or even better – bags of linen. Have you noticed that all LinenKids items are packed into beautiful LinenKids linen bags? Yes they are!!! So no more worries about linen packing with LinenKids!

When you are moving from one place to another, pack linens using a box that isn’t too large or too small to hold your linen items.  LinenKids don’t recommend you to crowd your linens. To start with packing into a box, lay a sheet of clean tissue paper on the bottom of the box. Follow that with a single layer of linens. Continue alternating tissue paper and linens until the box is full. It is important to fill any gaps on the sides of the box with tissue paper to help hold the linens in place while you move.

No more worries about washing, drying, ironing or storing linens, everything is so easy, true?

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